Welcome to Neverland
“What if I fall?" "Oh but what if you shall fly?”
Class Teacher - Miss Cook
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Locke, Miss O'Rourke and Mrs Watson
Summer Term 1
Our topic this term is all about minibeasts and their habitats. We are so excited because we will be going for a local walk across fields with our magnifying glasses and checklists!
(Our termly summary can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page)
When you walk into our classroom you will find a tuff spot that is full of compost oooh but look a little closer, and you might see some insects resting on the logs, leaves or hiding in the ivy. Outside we have a water tray and sandpit, where we have placed more minibeasts for you to find. Throughout the term we will be adding activities in there for you to do.
We have been very lucky in Neverland as Colette has been super kind and has brought in her pet stick insects. You need to be quiet and look carefully, as there are four in the tank, I even struggled to see them all. I wonder why that was? Thank you, Colette and family
Did you know that you need to spray them every day and that they eat privet leaves? Me neither! Even teachers learn something new every day.
Within the next week, we will be investigating life cycles of the caterpillar. We will even be nurturing our own eggs! How egg-citing, I wonder what they will grow into!
It is lovely to see Miss O'Rourke back giggling and smiling, oh and not forgetting her favourite catchphrase 'whats-e-ma-flop' when talking to herself.
During the week Mrs Locke will continue to cover PPA time, this entails Jigsaw and Music which i know you all enjoy!
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Our learning of English will be consolidated through our topic work.
We strongly believe in the importance of developing children's vocabulary through language, talk and day-to-day experiences, to enable children to put their feelings into words and share experiences. Children show this in range of ways including understanding simple sentences, familiarity with phonics, demonstrating understanding of what they have read, the ability to write spoken sounds and words and even simple sentences. Helping a young child write - Helpful tips for writing with young children.
We will use the strategy of Talk for writing which is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version.
Whole Class Reading - We teach the skills of reading through a whole class reading session using high-quality and challenging texts, which are dissected by the class through high-level questioning and discussion. Texts are usually linked to an aspect of the curriculum children are currently learning.
Individual Reading - Reading is a great way to occupy your time and develop your imagination. Children should be reading at least 15 minutes per day and also be sharing a book, ideally at bedtime, with an adult. Once children have read the book, encourage them to answer questions about the characters and their feelings or even write a book review. Please sign your child's reading diary as Dojos can be earned.
At Caythorpe, we strive to develop a reading for pleasure culture. In Key Stage One children use the Accelerated Reader Program. A student reads a book, takes an online quiz at school, and gets immediate feedback. Children have an opportunity to quiz and change their reading books every day.
Oxford Owl - Oxford Owl is an award-winning free website. It’s packed with up to date expert advice, top tips and activity ideas, so you can support your child’s reading and maths at home in the best possible way. The site also has 250 free e-books which are also tablet friendly.
Phonics and Reading
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have daily phonics sessions of 20 minutes in ability groups. .We follow the government recommended scheme called “Letters and Sounds." It is a 6 phase teaching programme that all children work through during their time in EYFS and KS1 moving onto a programme for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) as they move towards KS2. We teach phonics using a range of games, songs, rhymes, activities and resources. We try to keep it as fun and interactive as possible.
Children benefit hugely from reading every day. Children will be given a reading book to suit their level of reading. They may struggle on some new words, here they will apply their phonic knowledge to decode the word. Some words cannot always be decoded, we call these "tricky words," they are words we teach the children to recognise by sight. Please can you try to read as often as possible with your children and check and sign their reading diaries.
Helping a young child read - Here is a video with helpful tips for reading with young children.
Here is a fantastic link you can follow where you can enjoy your favourite stories with your grown up.
Listening is an important aspect in learning to read and write, so enjoy these stories and practise those listening skills too.
We believe every child can do maths. At Caythorpe we follow the White Rose scheme of work. The scheme follows a journey to mastery approach. It would take several years to master addition, so what we do is break the journey down into small steps, spending time carefully considering each. Through intelligent practice and building up experience of different contexts, gradually we move towards mastery where pupils are fluent in the unfamiliar and can apply their skills in any new situation.
What to do if your child says "I hate Maths!" A helpful video
“This was a really good Maths lesson! I've learned so much today, Thank you” - Athena
PSED and Well-Being
Please see below five fact sheets for parents and practitioners with the aim of providing information by using trauma awareness about children's and adult's emotional behaviour: You may access the full Rockpool website via the link.
- Factsheet 1: Being Safe
- One way of acknowledging your child’s distress is to be open about the fears and anxieties that are around at the moment. Giving them information about what is happening and helping then feel safe is the most important thing you can do. This link takes you to a version of a free book by the author of the Gruffalo which explains the virus and on the back page are links to lots of other resources.
- This is a link for older children on Flight/Fight and feeling anxious.
- This is a link for younger children.
- This link takes you to a really nice video that the whole family can watch – you can even make the ‘Glitter jars’ if you have the right stuff.
- The following fact sheets have other useful links to helpful videos and activities.
- Factsheet 2: Keeping Connected
- Factsheet 3: Understanding Resilience
- Factsheet 4: A Nurturing Environment
- Factsheet 5: Understanding Emotions and Healthy Relationships
Free parent resources - supporting your child's well-being through Coronavirus. From the Clear Sky - a children's charity. Play & Creative Arts Therapy creates a safe environment for children who are having difficulties to explore and express themselves through the language of play.
You can also find more information in the download section at the bottom of the page including the DFE helpline and appendix to our Safeguarding policy regarding COVID19 (available to download below).
One of the most important ways to keep mentally healthy is to have routine and structure, and to maintain a healthy sleep pattern. The Education Endowment Foundation (EFF) have produced a series of checklists to help parents and children manage their routines. Download the "supporting home learning routines" document to help plan your day. All the EEF materials to support home learning can be found here.
PE is currently on a Wednesday. For the moment children are to come to school dressed in their PE kit.
If the weather is fine, PE may take place outdoors, so please make sure your child has an outdoor kit. Please can you also ensure that all items of school clothing are named to prevent any mix-ups at the end of the day.
Connect with the class with Class Dojo
We have recently begun to use Class Dojo to connect with parents and share photos and videos of all the wonderful things that take place in school. Any parent can connect with their child’s class story and view their child’s reward points. Parents will receive an invitation to their email address, or we can print you a connection code. You can download the Apple App or Android App on your phone or tablet or visit the website.
We use dojo to promote a positive space for your child. You'll see reminders on our class story or photos of what we have been up to. Please remember to email school and not use Dojo to message about your child's absence.
It is of the utmost importance that we make the Internet a safe place for children. We teach our pupils, not only about the wonders of the online world, but also the dangers associated with it and what they can do to be safe when they are online. Here are some top tips, advice and guidance to help keep your child safe online.
Dates for your Diary
Monday 27th April – National Gardening Week
Friday 30th April – England does the daily mile event
Monday 3rd May – School Closed May Bank Holiday
Monday 10th May – National Water Saving Week
Monday 17th May – National Mental Health Awareness Week and National Walk to School Week
Friday 28th May – Term Five ends
Monday 7th June – School reopens for Term 6
Wednesday 23rd June – Games Day
Wednesday 30th June – Sports Day
Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th – Transition to new classes in the afternoons
Monday 19th July – Y6 Leavers’ Ceremony and BBQ
Tuesday 20th July – Whole School Awards Ceremony
Wednesday 21st July – Whole School Picnic and Enterprise Fair
Wednesday 22nd July – Term six ends
We will send details nearer the date of each event as the organisation will depend on current COVID restrictions at the time of each individual event.
Children will be given a homework book in which to complete tasks and every term a set of tasks which your child can select to complete, they can be completed in any order. Our homework challenges are designed to develop and extend your child’s understanding and enjoyment of the topic they are learning about in school. They are cross curricular, covering a range of subjects to enable children to succeed at their own level and demonstrate their own strengths. The Homework challenges will support your child’s learning in school. We share and celebrate children's home learning weekly as a class weekly. A copy of this term's homework tasks can be downloaded below.
Useful Links and Online Games to support learning.
Alphablocks - Alphablocks from the BBC is aimed at four-to-six-year-olds who are learning to read. It is a fun way to learn your letters, both sounds and names. Each letter has been made into a little character.
CBeebies Stories - Animated stories and nursery rhymes from the BBC including traditional tales such as The Ugly Duckling.
Numberblocks - Also from the BBC. Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks!